Last week saw many social media sites inundated with pictures of various SAPS vehicles involved in motor vehicle accidents. Many comments passed spoke of the same message: this was how typical it was of the SAPS vehicles to be in accident, after accident. However, one lone voice spoke up out of the masses, making known the following thought: We are not sure what happened in the accident. The officers involved could have been involved in a high-speed chase and something could have happened to cause the accident. While at first this message was mocked by many, this particular speaker kept on about the fact that it is unfair to judge a situation you know little about, despite the general perception of a group.
The same can be said for the EMS sector. Perhaps a little harder to look at, when the shoe is on the other foot, but worth a look nevertheless. The EMS sector is often ridiculed by the general public, be that due to ignorance on their part, inefficiency of particular shifts or a lack of communication, it happens. The responsibility remains with each and every one of us to ensure we are doing everything we can to professionally uphold the name of the industry we serve. Instead of taking time to mock and ridicule another service because they are ‘known’ for their lack of efficiency, perhaps it would be time better spent to examine the image we are portraying and how we are contributing to the overall professional image of the service we serve. I don’t for one second believe any of us would like to be on the receiving end of ridicule when we are involved in a precarious situation.